Penny Starr joined in January 2008 after working for more than 25 years in print media as an editor and senior manager. She has worked at newspapers and magazines in her native state of California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina and now the nation’s capitol. As a senior staff writer at, Starr covers Congress, the White House and D.C. think tanks on issues ranging from domestic energy, to immigration, health, homeland security and religious freedom and also reports on a wide range of cultural issues. Starr has won numerous awards as a reporter, editor, columnist and photographer.

My Articles

June 16, 2016, 1:03 PM EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said on Thursday that infringing on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms guaranteed under the Second Amendment of the Constitution will not stop terrorist acts in the United States.
June 15, 2016, 3:03 PM EDT
The Washington Nationals observed the 12th annual “Night Out” on Tuesday by honoring the victims of the terror attack last weekend at a gay night club in Orlando, Fla., that killed 49 people and injured dozens of others, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network reported.
June 15, 2016, 10:44 AM EDT
At a press conference on June 9, Democrats criticized the Republicans’ proposed reauthorization of The Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016, saying it would result in children going hungry. 
June 14, 2016, 11:40 AM EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday that immigrants who want to enter the United States as refugees should be thoroughly vetted for security reasons and that religion should play no role in that vetting.
June 13, 2016, 8:22 PM EDT
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)( – Sen.
June 13, 2016, 12:29 PM EDT
Family Research Council PresidentTony Perkins. (Photo: FRC)
June 10, 2016, 11:41 AM EDT
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2016 conference in Washington, D.C. on June 10, 2016. ( Starr)( – Rep.
June 9, 2016, 2:17 PM EDT
Poverty “unevenly spread” in the United States is one of the reasons that schools in this country aren’t diverse enough, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Ct.) said at a briefing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
June 9, 2016, 12:52 PM EDT
When asked whether the U.S.-Mexico border is secure, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) did not answer but instead said that building a wall along the border is wrong.
June 8, 2016, 2:16 PM EDT
John Sifton, Asia policy director for Human Rights Watch, an international nongovernmental organization, told lawmakers at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on Tuesday that the prime minister of India should raise concerns during his visit to the United States about the human rights record of the United States.
June 7, 2016, 3:34 PM EDT
Baltimore’s high crime rate regularly makes national headlines, but on Tuesday city officials were debating the dangers of sugary drinks and the need for warning labels on those drinks to “educate residents” on this threat.
June 7, 2016, 2:02 PM EDT
(AP Photo)( – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who voted for a resolution recognizing that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is committing genocide against Christians i
June 6, 2016, 12:18 PM EDT
Miss District of Columbia was crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday, in part based on her answer about women being allowed to fill combat roles in all branches of the U.S. military, the Huffington Post reported.
June 6, 2016, 12:05 PM EDT
In a statement reflecting on the 35thanniversary of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s first report on HIV/AIDS, President Barack Obama said Sunday that “stigma and silence” “foster transmission” of the virus, which is most often spread through men having sex with men, according to the CDC.
June 3, 2016, 4:50 PM EDT
In a commencement speech to graduates at the City College of New York in Manhattan on Friday, first lady Michelle Obama told the students that they are “entitled” to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
June 3, 2016, 11:37 AM EDT
The dean of the Matteo Ricci College at Seattle University and a chaplain who helped found the college for the study of humanities have been placed on administrative leave following a weeks-long protest by students who claim the curriculum focuses too much on western civilization and “dead white dudes,” according to the Seattle Times.
June 2, 2016, 3:57 PM EDT
A U.S. State Department official said on Thursday that 10,000 Syrian refugees would be resettled in the United States in fiscal year 2016.
June 1, 2016, 4:14 PM EDT
At the urging of the Obama administration’s inter-agency working group, which is tasked with establishing best practices for collecting data on homosexuals, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced a bill last week that would require federal agencies that conduct demographic surveys to include questions about sexual orientation and gender identity.
May 31, 2016, 5:30 PM EDT
President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Tuesday re-declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, and in the proclamation noted that homosexual men of color who have sex with other men are at high risk for contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.